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A birder’s lot is quite a happy one

With Apologies to Gilbert & Sullivan When a birder’s not engaged in his employment Or revising his life-listing special plans His capacity for innocent enjoyment Is just as great as any honest man's Our froze-toes we with difficulty smother When feeder filling duty’s to be done We take one consideration with another A birder’s lot is quite a happy one Featured Image (Click to enlarge)

By | 2018-01-08T12:05:27+00:00 January 8th, 2018|arboretum, birding, birds, MBO, snow, winter|0 Comments

Christmas Eve doing good …

Christmas Eve and our first shift of the winter filling the bird feeders at the banding station. A couple of friends and we two have divided the next three months up so that the feeders are replenished a couple of times a week at least between now and the end of March when, hopefully, spring will be in sight and regular banding/censusing can restart. Today was simply beautiful at -10C (so not too cold) [...]

By | 2017-12-31T14:50:07+00:00 December 24th, 2017|arboretum, birds, MBO, winter|0 Comments

“What a Dump!”

Overnight we enjoyed 32cm of snow on the West Island which, according to Environment Canada, is almost three times the previous record for this date at a mere 12cm - and it's still snowing. No complaints, this is Quebec and we have proper winters here, but it is also half way through March, the snow was melting, snowdrops were poking their heads out and birds were returning ... rather too early it seems. A couple [...]

By | 2017-03-15T15:58:04+00:00 March 15th, 2017|birds, snow, winter|1 Comment